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We are not sure but there might be a reason as to why Samsung has pushed the fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone and to a place where it can hardly be reached without a conscious effort. Alongside the iris scanner which debuted and drowned with the Note 7, the S8 may also feature a facial unlocking mechanism. However, the report doesn't mention whether both the S8 and the S8+ will sport facial recognition. Nevertheless, we are pretty sure that both the smartphones will have it, provided that the rumor is true in the first place of course.


According to the report, an unnamed Samsung official mentioned that the new facial recognition software is fast enough to unlock the S8 in just 0.01 seconds. He added, "Due to some limits of iris scanning such as speed and accuracy, we have decided to add facial recognition to the Galaxy S8." This leads us to the question; did Samsung deliberately push the fingerprint scanner to such an inconvenient position, in an effort to promote the facial recognition feature?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The Galaxy S8 and S8+ showcase an arguable design choice when it comes to the location of the fingerprint scanner. If you are a lefty, reaching it will be tough on a regular basis and even if you are a righty, you may end up smudging the camera lens much more than you may like to. However, as it turns out, the facial recognition feature is blazing fast in unlocking the phone on both the devices. While this does make up somewhat for the oddly positioned fingerprint scanner, the feature isn't as secure as we would have liked it to be.


The lack of security in using the facial recognition system was made apparent by a Twitter video uploaded by MARCIANOTECH (@MARCIANOPHONE). It seems that the Galaxy S8 smartphones are not impossible to unlock even when the face is different and that's not good news for a feature that Samsung has been advertising as one of the main attractions for the Galaxy S8. It is possible that Samsung will be able to fix it by the time the handsets are ready to be shipped to their customers, or maybe they can just release a software update later to take care of it. We will have to wait and see what happens.


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